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Finders Ireland – another busy year!

While the ongoing pandemic made life difficult in 2021, Finders Ireland continued to run successful events and locate the beneficiaries of estates far and wide, writes Maeve Mullin, Finders Ireland’s…

Ireland 10th in the world for proportion of empty homes

A new study has revealed that Ireland ranks 10th in the world for the highest proportion of vacant homes, according to a recent article in the Irish Times. The research was carried out by the UK…

More people opting for cremation in Ireland

The Irish Independent reported this month that the number of people opting for cremation in Ireland has increased, with more than 40 percent of people who die in cities elected for this after they…

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The Mick Clifford Podcast – Maeve Mullin: Who do you think you are?

Director of Finders International Ireland, Maeve Mullin, joins Mick Clifford on his Podcast to talk about her interest in her own family tree and how this lead to her becoming a genealogist. They…

Three shot in inheritance dispute, inquest hears

An inquest into a shooting in Ireland took place following the shooting of a man by his father and brother over an inheritance dispute. Mark O’Sullivan, who had been caring for his terminally ill…

Court rules non-allowance of Irish inscription on gravestone discriminatory

Irish News reported this week that the highest ecclesiastical court of the Church of England has found a diocese’s ban on an Irish inscription on a gravestone “direct discrimination”. Margaret…

Irish government ‘should look at introducing a vacant homes tax’

Ireland’s Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said the Government needs to look at introducing a new vacant homes tax, the Irish Independent reported last week. In an email to his parliamentary party, Fine…

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Inheritance tax thresholds

Will the issue of inheritance tax rear its head in Ireland again now that property prices are rising once more, asked a recent article in the Irish Times by business journalist Fiona Reddan. As she…

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Finders Ireland to support two good causes

Finders International Ireland has chosen to support two good causes this year at both ends of the age spectrum – Age Action Ireland and Jigsaw. Age Action Ireland’s vision is for Ireland to become…

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More people in Ireland seeking advice on Will writing in light of the pandemic

The pandemic has spurred on more people than ever to seek advice on writing Wills and having their Wills witnessed, according to an article in the Irish Times. Solicitor Fiona Kirkpatrick writes that…

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Dramatic changes to Ireland’s housing market and property prices

The housing market in Ireland has seen phenomenal changes over the last 10 months in response to the global pandemic, according to an article in this week’s Irish Independent. Talking to the…

Finders International –a successful year in challenging times

Years don’t come stranger than 2020 and like all the UK’s businesses, Finders International found itself rapidly pivoting to a different working environment, services and support for our clients over…

An unprecedented year for Finders International Dublin

It’s fair to say 2020 didn’t work out the way any of us expected, writes Finders International Dublin’s office manager and senior researcher, Maeve Mullin. Like most other businesses, we had to adapt…

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Irish pensions to offer more sustainable investment

European legislation due to come into effect next year in Ireland will promote responsible pensions investment, as the Irish Times reported this week in an article by Aviva’s senior investment…

New online application process for grants of probate

A new online application process for grants of probate and letters of administration will start from September in Ireland, as reported in Irish Legal. The Courts Service of Ireland claims the new…

Dame Vera Lynn—British icon who had Irish roots

Dame Vera Lynn, who died in June at the grand old age of 103, had Irish roots as explained in a recent Irish examiner article. Thought of as a British icon, Dame Vera Lynn was christened the Force’s…

Charity urges National Public Health Emergency Team to ease funeral restrictions

A charity in Ireland has asked the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) to ease the current restrictions on funerals, according to an article in the Independent this week. The Irish Hospice…

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Probate in Ireland—an overview

The probate process in Ireland is the legal method used to deal with a deceased person’s estate and ensure it is distributed to the rightful beneficiaries. As expert probate genealogists, Finders…

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Election promises on housing too ambitious, expert claims

Ireland’s housing crisis isn’t likely to be resolved any time soon, according to a recent opinion piece in the Irish Times. The article by John FitzGerald says election promises on new home builds…

Lee Childs to seek Irish citizenship

The best-selling thriller author Lee Childs, creator of the Jack Reacher series, has said he will apply for an Irish passport to avoid the risk of travel restrictions should the UK leave the EU next…

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Stepchildren and Inheritance in Intestacy Cases

Stepchildren and inheritance can be somewhat contradictory in Irish law as they appear to be regarded differently according to two relevant pieces of legislation. Answering a legal question in this…

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Man of no Fixed Abode Leaves Sinn Fein £2.5 Million in His Will

The Belfast Newsletter this week revealed that the single biggest donor to a Northern Irish political party left Sinn Féin £2.5 million in his will. William Edward Hampton died in a Welsh nursing…

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A rise in Irish intestate cases

Finders International, one of the leading probate genealogy firms that featured in the BBC television series, Heir Hunters, says the number of cases of Irish people who have died intestate in England…

Just Clear Featured in Forbes Magazine

Our probate house clearance partner, Just Clear, has been featured in the July issue of Forbes magazine. The global media company focusses on business, industry, finance and investment, and is read…

Finders Ireland – Four Years Old!

Finders International’s Irish office celebrates its fourth anniversary this year—four years of providing missing beneficiary tracing, no known next of kin, rooting out unclaimed assets and more. In…

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Demand for Irish Passports Continues to Soar

As Brexit draws closer (in theory), demand for Irish passports from those outside Eire continues to rise. As data journalist Neil McCarthy revealed on Statista.com earlier this month, there has been…

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Record numbers join Irish register of solicitors

More and more solicitors are seeking admission to the register of Irish solicitors, according to figures released by the Law Society of Ireland. The Irish Times reported that the surge in UK-based…

DNA and Genealogy Used in Baby Andrew Case

DNA and genealogy sites were used to determine the identity of a mother in the US whose baby was found abandoned in a ditch thirty-eight years ago. ITV news reported that the woman, Theresa Rose…

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Angry Reaction to Reduction in Death Benefit

Credit union members have reacted angrily to moves by some lenders to reduce one of their key benefits—death benefit insurance according to a recent article in the Independent. Many credit unions…

Finders International win prestigious awards for Probate Research Excellence at the first ever UK Probate Research Awards

20190207 Copyright image 2019©   Finders International has been recognised at The UK Probate Research Awards for their outstanding contribution to ‘heir hunting’, or probate research – the…

Probate Delays Contributing to Housing Shortage

Delays in probate are contributing to Ireland’s housing shortage, according to a new survey carried out by Royal London Ireland. The Independent reports that the survey’s findings show that it can…

Son Wins Case Against Will As Judge Rules Mother – ‘Failed In Her Moral Duty’

Another day, another family argument over a will ends in a court... This week, our attention was drawn to a story in the Independent about a will where three sisters were left china, cutlery and…

Independent : Laois Woman Bequeaths €30m To Five Different Charities In Her Will

A County Laois woman has bequeathed a total of €30m to five charities in a massive windfall for the charity sector, it has emerged. One of those to receive an equal €6m bequest is the Irish Cancer…

Safeguarding Bill ‘Not Possible’

Ireland’s Department of Health has said the creation of a safeguarding bill for vulnerable adults will not be possible. The Irish News reported that health chiefs say they need a minister to…

Northern Ireland – 74 Percent Have No Will

The charity will writing campaign, Will Aid, has revealed that people in Northern Ireland are the least likely in the UK to have made their will. According to the survey the charity carried out, more…

Additional Legislation Needed to Older People Care

Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash An advocacy group for elderly rights has called for additional legislation in situations where people’s liberty is at risk. Sage Advocacy called for the issue to be…

‘Best Thing Ever’—Man Who Married Carer To Escape Death

Marrying someone so you can avoid them needing to pay inheritance tax when you die isn’t that unusual—it is, however, when two men who aren’t gay do it. The Irish Mirror ran the story of…

Councils Vote to Waive Burial Fees For Children

In Northern Ireland, two more councils have voted to get rid of burial costs for children, according to a BBC story earlier this month. Mid and East Antrim and Newry, Mourne and Down Councils join…

Scientific Breakthrough Recreates DNA from Living Descendants

A recent scientific breakthrough saw the recreation of the DNA of a man who died nearly 200 years ago from his living descendants, rather than his physical remains – the first time this has ever…

Unnecessary Suffering for Older Irish People in Last Year of Life

As an organisation that deals primarily in probate genealogy, Finders International Ireland was interested to note that new research has suggested that many older Irish people experience unnecessary…

Famous Christmas Birthdays And What’s In A Name

It’s that time of year when… Finders International digs out its Christmas-related genealogy stats! That’s right, just like every other industry, ours isn’t immune to the call of snow-painting our…

Starting Your Irish Family Tree Research

Setting out on your journey to discover your Irish ancestors? Here are some tips from Genealogy Ireland experts for how you can find out more about your family tree… Speak to your older relatives…